Kiwi gives testimony at Khmer Rouge trial

By Jane Luscombe

The brother of a New Zealander tortured for months then murdered by the Khmer Rouge has come face-to-face with the man he holds responsible.

Rower Rob Hamill gave a stark and emotional testimony at a genocide trial in Cambodia. The setting was sterile, but the words cut like a knife.

"At times I've imagined you shackled, stabbed, whipped and clubbed viciously," Mr Hamill said to Kaing Guek Eav, the prison commander he blames for the torture and murder of his brother.

Kerry Hamill was captured by the Khmer Rouge 30 years ago. His yacht was heading from Singapore to Bangkok when it was blown off course into Cambodian waters.

It was 16 months before his family finally found out through a newspaper article. His younger brother John couldn't live with the knowledge and threw himself from a cliff near their home.

Kerry Hamill was one of 16,000 men, women and children locked up in the prison - the biggest and most notorious torture centre in Cambodia.

Eav is the first of five senior Khmer Rouge figures to be tried for crimes against humanity, war crimes, murder and torture.

Mr Hamill hopes he'll be locked up for the rest of his life.

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